Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/10/14

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (R) congratulates starting pitcher Adam Wainwright after Wainwright finished the eighth inning, shutting out the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 25, 2009. St. Louis won the game 1-0. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

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ST. LOUIS Stuck in a month-long rut at the plate, the slumping St. Louis Cardinals turned to an unlikely candidate to get things going offensively: Adam Wainwright. Usually known for the abilities of his powerful right arm, the pitcher provided an RBI-double, scored the tying run and walked with the bases loaded all off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw to help lead the Cardinals to a much-needed 8-2 win at Busch Stadium. Wainwright had just three hits in 38 at-bats entering Tuesday and had no walks, RBIs, runs scored or extra-base hits. He changed all of that in a span of two plate appearances. "I was wasting everyones time when I went up to the plate before tonight," Wainwright said. "I know Im a better hitter than Ive shown this year. By no means am I a great hitter but I can hit the ball, especially for a pitcher. Ive been embarrassing myself all year long so its about time I did something to help this team at the plate." Wainwright wasnt too shabby on the m...
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